Florida Woman Dies After Drunk and Distracted Friend Crashes
Going out driving with your friends is supposed to be a pleasant experience. Going from Point A to Point B shouldn’t end in anything less than a good time, especially not an injury or death. But that wasn’t the case for 22-year-old Irina Reinoso, earlier this year. Reinoso was killed in a car accident when the car that she was a passenger in t-boned a pickup truck on a Miami street. Her friend who was driving the car, Mila Dago, was charged with DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and two counts of DUI with damage to a person. Prosecutors say that just before the Smart Car that Dago was driving smashed into the side of the pickup truck that was involved, Dago texted her boyfriend: “driving drunk woo”. Moments later, one of her good friends was dead.
The type of accident that is described above is an example of two common causes of accidents on Florida roads and highways. First, there are simply too many motorists that head out to a bar or restaurant to enjoy an adult beverage and then choose to get back in their car when they know or should know that they are legally impaired. Second, the proliferation of cell phones encourages drivers of all ages to check their phones at any time of the day or night and in any situation, including when they are behind the wheel of a vehicle that, if mishandled, can cause injury or death.
Recovering Compensation for Your Injuries
In Florida, if you are injured because either the driver of your vehicle or the driver of another vehicle was impaired or distracted, you may be able to recover for your injuries or the death of a loved one. When drivers get behind the wheel, they owe a duty of care to their passengers as well as other drivers and pedestrians that they cross paths with. A common misconception sometimes skews Florida residents’ conceptions about when they can recover damages in an auto accident. It is not required that the driver be cited for any particular offense for you to recover damages for your injuries from that driver or their insurance companies. For instance, it is not required that a driver be cited or arrested for drunk driving or for using a cell phone in order to recover for your injuries. A person may not be intoxicated to a point that a police officer will arrest them for a DUI, but may be intoxicated enough to cause an accident.
Further, drunk driving and texting while driving are not the only potential causes for accidents. There are a plethora of activates that drivers often engage in that could cause enough of a distraction to cause a catastrophic accident. For instance, a person that causes an accident while eating or putting on makeup may be liable if it is established that their distraction was the cause of the accident. Even tending to children while driving can cause a driver to take their eyes off of the road long enough to injure or kill a passenger, another driver, or a pedestrian.
Because car accidents that have resulted in injury or death often require an in-depth investigation to establish all of the particular facts and circumstances of the case, you should immediately contact an attorney that has extensive experience in recovering damages for clients injured or killed in accidents caused by drunk or distracted drivers. The skilled professionals at the Tallahassee law firm of Barrett, Fasig & Brooks have decades of experience getting injured clients just like you what they deserve. Give us a call today to set up your free initial consultation at (866) 346-4186 or (850) 224-3310.